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Food Sleuth Radio

Series produced by Dan Hemmelgarn

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Join Melinda Hemmelgarn, a registered dietitian and investigative nutritionist, for 28-minute, weekly interviews with national experts in food, health and agriculture. From physicians to film makers, writers, farmers, scientists and chefs, Food Sleuth Radio navigates our complicated food system. You’ll discover how farm and food policies impact our environment and public health, and learn the secrets to eating well. Provocative, practical and personal, Food Sleuth Radio helps us think beyond our plates to find “food truth.”
Award-winning Food Sleuth Radio ranks among the top national “green food radio shows.” If you care about what you eat, tune in!

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” award-winning writer and Food Sleuth Radio host. With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate, and an engaging and energizing national speaker.

For 20 years, Melinda wrote a weekly, trademarked Food Sleuth newspaper column for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. She has published articles in the American Journal of Nursing, Today's Dietitian, Natural Awakenings, ACRES, Current Health, and Edible Communities magazines.

Prior to her freelance writing, speaking and radio career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed her to connect the dots between food, health and agriculture. Today she uniquely applies critical thinking skills to media messages about food and farm policy to advance "food system literacy."

Melinda received her B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University; her M.S. in Human Nutrition and Food Systems from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed a dietetic internship through Cornell University at the New York Hospital.
She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, National Association for Media Literacy Education, and the American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Practice Group.

Food Sleuth Radio has been produced by Dan Hemmelgarn at KOPN Studios in Columbia, MO since June, 2009. The “Mother Nature Network” ranked the show among the “top national green food radio shows” in 2009, and in 2011, Food Sleuth Radio won 1st place for radio interview from the National Federation of Press Women.

Contact: Dan Hemmelgarn: hemmelgarndan@gmail.com; 573-449-3720 Hide full description

Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” award-winning writer and Food Sleuth Radio host. With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate, and an engaging and energizing national speaker. For 20 years, Melinda wrote a weekly, trademarked Food Sleuth newspaper column for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. She has published articles in the American Journal of Nursing, Today's Dietitian, Natural Awakenings, ACRES, Current Health, and Edible Communities magazines. Prior to her freelance writing, speaking and radio career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed... Show full description


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Food stamps help protect our nation’s neediest citizens (now one in six Americans) against hunger, or “food insecurity.” But food stamps (now calle...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2013
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From rising oceans to widespread droughts, we can expect global climate changes to impact how and where we grow our food. Join Food Sleuth Radio h...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2012
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Want to lose weight, look younger and feel happier than ever? Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her int...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2012
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Soil is just dirt, right? Not exactly. Soil is the foundation of life on Earth. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemme...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2012
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When it comes to diet and health information, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, M...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2012
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Advertisements promoting natural gas drilling promise jobs and energy independence from foreign oil. But what are the unintended consequences of na...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2012
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Water is our most important nutrient, but the major threats to clean water may surprise you. Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and Registered Dietitian, ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2012
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Good nutrition is especially important during childhood, but feeding kids well has never been harder in the face of unprecedented food marketing di...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2012
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Corey Costanzo says growing up in a mafia ridden neighborhood helped him understand the challenges that plague today's at-risk youth. Join Food Sl...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2012
  • Length: 28:00
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Are genetically engineered foods safe to eat? Would labeling help consumers? Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and registered dietitian, Melinda Hemmelga...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2012
  • Length: 28:00
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Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and registered dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her conversation with Monica Nuvamsa, Executive Director of the Hopi ...

  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
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How do chemicals in our environment affect the developing fetus? Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and registered dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her ...

  • Added: Oct 22, 2012
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Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and registered dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her conversation with Atina Diffley, author of "Turn Here Sweet Corn:...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2012
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Join Registered Dietitian and Food Sleuth, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her conversation with Steve Sprinkel, a Harvard-educated organic farmer, owner ...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2012
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Why would an organic farmer be in favor of labeling genetically engineered (GMO) food? Join Food Sleuth Radio Host and registered dietitian, Melind...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2012
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Consumers have consistently said they have a right to know what's in their food. This November, CA citizens will have a chance to vote for GMO labe...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2012
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Join Food Sleuth Radio host, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her conversation with superbug sleuth, Maryn McKenna. An investigative journalist and author, ...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2012
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The human gut is home to more than 3.5 pounds of natural bacteria that help us resist infections and aid in the digestion and absorption of critica...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2012
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Apples, celery and bell peppers top the Environmental Working Group’s 2012 Dirty Dozen list for pesticide residues. Join Food Sleuth Radio host, Me...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2012
  • Length: 28:00
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What’s the big deal about local food? Join Food Sleuth Radio host, Melinda Hemmelgarn as she speaks with fellow dietitian Jasia Steinmetz, Ph.D., ...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2012
  • Length: 28:00